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About 50 Students Sick With Possible Norovirus At Chapman University

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About 50 students have possibly come down with norovirus at Chapman University in Orange. So far, about 50 of the private school's approximately 7,500 students have fallen ill since last Wednesday, KTLA reports. According to a statement found on the University's blog, the Orange County Health Department has investigated and believes illness is norovirus, though only one student has tested positive for the virus.

Norovirus is extremely contagious and can be contracted by contact with an infected person or through contact with contaminated surfaces, food or water. Surfaces that have been contaminated must be cleaned by bleach or a strong disinfectant as the virus can otherwise live on surfaces for weeks. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, and typically last for one to two days.

Officials believe that the virus was not contracted through food, as several of the students who reported symptoms live off-campus and had not eaten at the school's dining halls. However, the residence hall's dining area was still shut down and cleaned over the weekend. The dining facilities opened Monday after being cleared by a health inspector. Crews also cleaned high-traffic areas on campus.